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Ducks' Unwanted Team Record

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Sometimes, breaking a franchise record isn’t cause for celebration.  With an overtime loss on Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks extended their losing streak to a franchise-worst nine games.  Their latest setback was provided by Ottawa, which entered the game in last place in the NHL and on its own eight-game losing streak.

 

When a team like Ottawa suffers a prolonged skid, it’s noteworthy, but not surprising.  The Senators weren’t serious playoff contenders to begin with.  Anaheim is another story.  The Ducks were 19-11-5 through Dec. 17.  Now they have the most fragile of holds on the last Wild Card spot.

 

A big part of the Ducks’ struggles has been a lack of offense.  They’ve scored just 12 goals over their last nine games and that’s even with their 5-4 overtime loss to Arizona on Dec. 29.  At this point, the Ducks are the second worst team in the league with just 2.32 goals per game.  Being without Corey Perry (knee) doesn’t help of course, but being able to overcome injuries is an important part of the game and until recently, the Ducks seemed to be rather impressive in that regard.

 

It’s not going to get any easier on Anaheim either.  The Ducks will have to play against Pittsburgh on Friday and then they’ll begin a stretch of 10 road games in the span of 11 contests.  Nevertheless, they need to bounce back soon because they’ve surrendered all their breathing room already.

 

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NASHVILLE 4 CHICAGO 3 (OT)

 

Filip Forsberg scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner.  That gives him 16 markers and 24 points in 28 contests.

 

Ryan Johansen assisted on two of the Predators’ four goals.  He has eight goals and 38 points in 45 games.

 

Jonathan Toews chipped in a shorthanded goal for the Blackhawks.  It was his 18th goal and 40th point in 46 games.

 

Collin Delia stopped 33 of 37 Nashville shots.  He has a 3-1-2 record, 2.49 GAA, and .939 save percentage in six starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne saved 28 of 31 shots.  He’s 17-10-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .920 save percentage in 32 games.

 

CALGARY 5 COLORADO 3

 

Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to 20 goals and 68 points in 44 contests.

 

Semyon Varlamov kicked out 11 of just 15.  He never faced more than six shots in a single period, but still allowed at least a goal in every frame.

 

Mark Giordano assisted on three of the Flames’ five goals.  That gives him six goals and 43 points in 43 games.

 

Michael Frolik scored the game-winning goal.  It was his 10th marker and 12th point in 28 contests.

 

David Rittich stopped 32 of 35 shots last night.  He’s allowed at least three goals in three of his last four starts, but he still has a 3-0-1 record over that span.

 

OTTAWA 2 ANAHEIM 1 (OT)

 

Colin White found the back of the net in overtime.  It was his 11th goal and 26th point in 43 games.

 

Bobby Ryan accounted for the Senators’ other goal.  He has eight markers and 26 points in 41 contests.

 

Anaheim’s goal was scored by Jakob Silfverberg.  As an aside, Silfverberg and Bobby Ryan were involved in the 2013 Ducks-Senators trade, so it’s kind of cool when they trade goals against each other like this, even if it’s been a while since they were moved.

 

John Gibson stopped 28 of 30 Senators shots.  He’s lost his last five games, though Anaheim has at least picked up three consolation points over that span.

 

Anders Nilsson saved 32 of 33 shots on Wednesday.  Speaking of losing streaks, Nilsson entered the game on an 11-game drought.  Before this, his last win was on Oct. 16.



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